Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book:  Butternut Summer   by Mary McNear

pg. 86.

Teaser
"Oh, God no" she said. " The last place I want to go at the end of the day is to another restaurant."

Monday, July 28, 2014

Dead Wrong by Allen Wyler Review-Post

Dead Wrong    by Allen Wyler           Review- Post

    Tom McCarthy, neurosergeon, is caught in an unforseen and dangerous situation and is being accused of murder. He is running for his life and has to obtain the proof he so desparately needs. It is a thrilling and heart-pounding story of corruption that leaves you wanting more. Since it is written by a neurosergeon, it takes you into his world and makes it more intriguing, If you enjoy medical thrillers, this one is for you.

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

No new books last week in my mailbox.

Reading:  Butternut Summer by Mary Mc Near

  Return to the golden beauty of Minnesota's Butternut Lake in this emotional story that vividly captures the joy and pain of first love as a mother and daughter each come to terms with desires of the heart.

What was in your mailbox?

Cathi Stoler - The Hard Way - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

Private Investigator Helen McCorkendale’s childhood friend, Jimmy Scanlan, has just opened January, the most lavish casino and hotel resort on the Las Vegas Strip. After attending the grand opening, Helen returns to New York and encourages her friend, Laurel Imperiole, Senior Editor at Women Now magazine, to create a get-away contest for readers offering a weekend at the hotel as the grand prize. The winner, Dawn Chapman, a jewelry store employee from Cincinnati, denies entering the contest and initially refuses the trip. Finally persuaded by Laurel to accept, she arrives at the hotel and nearly faints when she passes the hotel’s elite meeting rooms where the International Diamond Dealers Consortium is holding its annual meeting. She insists on returning home immediately.

Suspicious of her behavior, Jimmy visits her suite to encourage her to attend the Saturday afternoon pool party, saying she can leave on his private jet the next day. Later in the afternoon, he finds Chapman’s dead body by the pool. She’s been murdered—an unusual double poisoning by cyanide and diamond dust.

Dawn Chapman was not who she appeared to be, and therein lies a mystery. But to Helen and Laurel, the main task is to take Jimmy Scanlon off the suspect list and clear his name. Will their luck hold? Or will it be a crap shoot, as they roll the dice and do it ‘the hard way,’ going for doubles when the odds are against them. Losing may mean losing their lives.



My Review

Helen's friend, Jimmy Scanlon, opens a casino in Las Vegas—"an ice bar" called January. To announce its opening, a contest is held as a promotion, which leads to the murder of the winning contestant. Helen uses her private investigating skills to come to Jimmy's aid as she tries to find out who was involved in committing such an ill-timed murder.

THE HARD WAY is a very intriguing and fast paced mystery that takes you into the back rooms of the diamond trade. I found the Las Vegas setting to be an exciting one as Stoler created a world of shady characters and dangerous situations.

Overall, I found this to be a very enjoyable read.

***

The Hard Way can be purchased at:
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords

Prices/Formats: $4.95 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Pages: 280
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Release: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Camel Press
ISBN: 9781603819497
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About the Author

Cathi Stoler’s mysteries feature PI Helen McCorkendale and magazine editor, Laurel Imperiole. The Hard Way is the third book in the series. The first, Telling Lies, took on the subject of stolen Nazi art. Book 2, Keeping Secrets, delved into the subject of hidden identity. Stoler’s short stories include: “Magda,” in the Criminal Element Anthology Malfeasance Occasional: Girl Trouble, “Out of Luck,” in the Anthology, Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices, “Fatal Flaw,” a finalist for the Derringer for Best Short Story and “Money Never Sleeps” both published at Beat to A Pulp. Cathi is working on a novella, Nick of Time, which features International gambler, Nick Donahue. She is also starting a new series, Bar None, A Murder On The Rocks Mystery, with female bar owner, Jude Dillane. Cathi is a member of the New York/Tri State chapter of Sisters In Crime. She is also a member of Mystery Writers of America.

Links to connect with Cathi:
Web Site
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Blog
Blog Tour Site


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

DJ Wilson - Ride to Redemption - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

Righting another's wrong landed D in WITSEC, the witness protection program and cost him family, friends, and everything of substance in his life.

Loneliness is his constant companion until he meets Candi, the girl of his dreams. He and Candi embark on a three-week ride to redemption where they deal with mind-numbing deceit, perilous treachery, their overpowering lust for each other and their personal demons.

Nevertheless, new opportunities bring a chance to begin again. And, it doesn't hurt that he's got 200 pounds of illicit diamonds to use to ease the pain of those wronged. He will continue the redemption process by way of a well thought out plan involving a 5,000-mile adventure through the Western United States and Canada.

When D meets Candice, aka Candi, she captures his heart, mind and soul the instant she 'inadvertently' almost runs him down in the Starbucks drive-thru. Candi joins him on his three-week, two-wheeled ride to redemption, where they're forced to face their personal demons, while dealing with wanton lust, mind-numbing deceit and perilous treachery.

Spectacular scenery and a cast of unforgettable characters they meet along the way makes the journey memorable, but nothing prepares them for the sacrifices they must eventually make midway in the ride.

"The more things change, the more they stay the same," sadly, does not ring true for Candice and D throughout this first of a two part series. Lust and greed are forever game-changers, even for those who desperately seek redemption.



My Review

D has 200 pounds of illicit diamonds to get rid of. Even though he's in a witness protection program, he takes a risk to help those, who like himself, have been wronged by a rich man without a conscience. This no-good crook figures out that D stole his diamonds and that's dangerous because this swindler still has the power to snuff D out even from behind bars.

However, D's head is turned when he meets Candi, the girl of his dreams. He throws himself into a whirlwind romance with her, despite not knowing anything about her. They have a very explicit sexual relationship as they head out on a three-week motorcycle ride, dropping the diamonds into random mailboxes along the way. But is Candi his ally or his enemy?

This is part one of an ongoing series and if you like the erotic genre, I am sure you will enjoy D's risque adventure.

***

Ride to Redemption can be purchased at:
Amazon, Smashwords

Prices/Formats: $3.99 ebook, $10.95 paperback
Pages: 282
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release: December 2, 2013
Publisher: Fideli Publishing
ISBN: 9781604147773
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About the Author

Raised in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, I graduated from Cumberland University, located in a small town you've never heard just inside Kentucky quite a few years ago. At the present, we're living beside beautiful Dale Hollow Lake.

Blessed to travel, blessed with health, blessed with second chances, too numerous to list here.

As a blogger, featured on many sites, including the Huffington Post, I have been humbled beyond measure, more times than not, by all that life has thrown our way.

Successful, that's me, catastrophic failure, that's me too. We've been there, done that and have the life changing scars to prove it.

Our writings reflect life through the throes of heartache and loss, as well as through the joys redemption brings.

"Life is not waiting for the Storms to Pass, It's Learning to Dance in the Rain."

Links to connect with DJ:
Web Site
Twitter
Goodreads
Blog Tour Site


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Taken from Hard Words

1. Braggadocio- boastful or arrogant behavior.

2. Myrmidon- a hired ruffian or unscrupulous subordinate.

3. Uxoricide- the killing of one's wife.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today is from the book I am currently reading:  Dead Wrong  by Allen Wyler

Teaser:
pg. 182
Sarah entered the physicians' lounge and glanced around, not sure what she was looking for other than a distraction from the relentless fear in her chest.

Ken Dalton - Brother, can you spare a dime? - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

Bear’s planned afternoon of beer and baseball is interrupted by a phone call from a man he hardly remembers from their years at Elko High. So begins the tale of a cold-blooded murder and the theft of a dime worth two million dollars!

Faced with bi-coastal murder suspects, Pinky hands Bear, and Flo the sweaty task of tracking down one of the suspects along the hot, humid North Carolina shoreline while he chooses to pursue the other on the Kona coast of Hawaii. But Pinky, after imbibing too many Mai Tai’s with a bevy of sky-goddesses, and a moved-up court date, is forced to return to Carson City, sans suspect.

Bear and Flo hit pay dirt and with the identity of the killer in hand they fly across the Pacific Ocean to the smoggy Beijing airport where they meet Joe, the uncle of Pinky’s Chinese secretary. The enigmatic Joe quotes Confucius and Shakespeare as he purposefully guides the dynamic duo to their final destination— oxygen sparse Lhasa, Tibet.



Cliff hanger contest

Brother, can you spare a dime? ends with a prize winning cliff hanger that defies all logic.

Let Ken know how you would answer the question and he will choose the two answers he likes the best. Both winners will receive a complete paperback set of his Pinky and Bear mystery series.

The Bloody Birthright
The Big Show Stopper
Death is a Cabernet
The Tartan Shroud
Brother, can you spare a dime?


Five books, each one personally inscribed!

Email your cliff hanger answer to ken@kendalton.com and in a couple of months Ken will post the winners' names on his Facebook page.


My Review

Pinky is a defense attorney who's never lost a murder case. He sends his two shyster assistants, Bear and Flo, to track down a killer who stole a very valuable dime from a handicapped coin dealer before shooting him in the head at point blank range.

Bear and Flo are two comical characters. Pinky runs them ragged as they go around the world tracking down the shifting list of suspects.

This series is well written. The books are not your typical, run-of-the-mill mystery stories. Dalton makes sure to mix in a lot of humor into the twists and turns of his whodunits. I really enjoy reading them.

***

Brother, can you spare a dime? can be purchased at:
Amazon, KenDalton.com (personalized inscription and free shipping)

Prices/Formats: $4.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Pages: 310
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Release: April 9, 2014
Publisher: Different Drummer Press
ISBN: 9780578140391
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About the Author

Ken was born in 1938 at Hollywood Hospital. He grew up in Los Angeles with his parents, his older sister and younger brother.

In a turn of bad luck, the dreaded Polio virus attacked Ken at the age of five. By the age of sixteen, after eleven years of operations, therapy, and braces to mitigate the effects of Polio, Ken’s luck changed when he met the girl of his dreams. A few years later they married, produced three wonderful children, and settled into a happy life in Southern California.

In 1966, Ken and his family moved to the green hills of Sonoma County where they bought a home surrounded with apple trees.

Some time later, Ken, designed, built, and operated a small winery that produced award winning Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

Then, in a moment of madness, Ken began writing. His first article was published in Golf Illustrated. Many more golf articles followed in national and regional magazines including Golf Magazine and Fairways and Greens. Eventually Ken felt the urge to write his first novel.

Now, after the publication of The Bloody Birthright, The Big Show Stopper, Death is a Cabernet, and The Tartan Shroud, Ken has published his latest Pinky and Bear mystery, Brother, can you spare a dime?

Links to connect with Ken:
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Facebook
Goodreads
Blog Tour Site


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Mailbox Monday


Mailbox Monday

I received one new book in my mailbox called Dead Wrong  by Allen Wyler, courtesy of Astor Blue Editions.

This is a heart pounding, medical thriller that puts Wyler on par with such terrific novelists as Robin Cook, Tess Gerritsen, and Michael Crichton.

What did you receive?





Wednesday, July 16, 2014

An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd Review-Post

An Unwilling Accomplice    by Charles Todd         Review-Post


      World War 1 battlefield nurse Bess Crawford's career is in jeopardy when a murder is committed on her watch, in this absorbing and atmospheric historical mystery.

My Thoughts:
This is the first time I read this author's work, concerning the Bess Crawford mysteries. I found it to be interesting chasing down a murderer, who could possibly destroy Bess's character. She goes to all lengths to track him down, even to the point of putting herself in great danger. Some parts I thought could have been shortened and not dragged down with too much repetition, but on the whole I liked reading it.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Here are my words for today:

1. Equerries- Officers of a prince or noble charged with the care of horses.

2. Sacrosanct- Regarded as too important or valuable to be interfered with.

3. Denizens- Inhabitants or occupants of a particular place.

4. Anathema- A person or thing detested or loathed.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book I am still reading called:   An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd.

Pg. 221
I felt cold. "We need to ask the miller what he saw when he was shot."

Monday, July 14, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I didn't receive any new books in my mailbox.

Reading:  An Unwilling Accomplice    by Charles Todd

World War 1 battlefield nurse Bess Crawford's career is in jeopardy when a murder is committed on her watch. In this absorbing and atmospheric mystery.

What goodies did you receive?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Diane Daniels Manning - Almost Perfect - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

An old woman who has given up hope and a boy who believes the impossible wonder if life would be perfect at the Westminster Dog Show.

Seventy-year old Bess Rutledge has dreamed of winning the Westminster Dog Show all her life. Despite her decades-long career as one of America’s top Standard Poodle breeders, she has decided she’s too old to hold on to her foolish dream. She sells off all the dogs in her once famous kennel except for the aging champion McCreery and his mischievous, handsome son Breaker. Part of her senses they might have been the ones to take her to Westminster, if only she’d dared to try.

Bess meets Benny, a teenager with mild autism who attends a therapeutic special school, and learns he has a dream of his own: to impress his self-absorbed mother. Benny is drawn into the world of dog shows and becomes convinced he has found the perfect way to win his mother’s attention. If he can win Westminster with either McCreery or Breaker, he just knows she will finally be proud of him. Getting Bess to go along with his plan, however, is not going to be so easy. . .

Up to 100% of the author’s profits will be donated to charities serving animals and children.



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My Review

I found this to be a delightful, inspiring story of Bess, a seventy-year-old dog breeder and Benny, a young teenage boy with a mild form of autism.

Bess has entered dog shows for decades and has dreamed of winning Westminster with her prize winning standard poodle, McCreery, but never had the guts to enter.

Even though they're total opposites, Benny and Bess, in a strange way, embark on a unique friendship. By teaming together, they wind up taking a stab at making their impossible dream come true. It's an uplifting story that will bring tears to your eyes as you see both of them going for the personal victory they're only able to be achieve by helping each other.

As a lover of dogs, I really came to appreciate the hard work that trainers put in and the many personal sacrifices they make in order to succeed.

***

Almost Perfect can be purchased at:
Amazon

Prices/Formats: $3.99 ebook, $8.99 paperback
Pages: 330
Genre: Pet Fiction
Release: January 29, 2014
Publisher: Beltor
ISBN: 9780578136394
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About the Author

Diane Daniels Manning is the co-founder and director of The New School in the Heights, a therapeutic school in Houston, Texas which helps children dealing with social-emotional challenges find success in school and life. She has a Ph.D. in Education and a post-doctoral M.P.H from Harvard and is a practicing child psychoanalyst certified by the American Psychoanalytic Association. Formerly, she was the Director of the Reading and Learning Disabilities Clinic at Tufts University, Lecturer and Research Associate in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Harvard, and Chair of the Department of Education at Tulane University. She learned the inner workings of dog show kennels by writing an authorized oral history of a lifetime President of the Poodle of Club of America. Her writing awards include the Faulkner-Wisdom Novella Prize and the Women in Film and Television Short Script Competition.

Links to connect with Diane:
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Facebook
Goodreads
Blog
YouTube
Blog Tour Site


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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

1. Shaman- A person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of good and evil.

2. Malestrom- A very powerful whirlpool; a large,swirling body of water.

Taken from book two of the Cherokee Trilogy.